Insight design school has opened its doors in newly renovated premises in Chai Wan . See what Time our Hong Kong has to say :
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Insight Interior Design School
Insight design school Hong Kong
In a photogenic, yet space-constrained city where every square foot counts, conscious interior design can have a rejuvenative effect. Interior design programmes, however, are few and far between in Hong Kong, something Parisian designer Eve Mercier discovered when she moved to the city with her family. To remedy that problem, Mercier opened up the city’s first interior design school earlier this year. “Speaking with architects and designers, they all told me one thing – that there are lots of projects in the region but very few properly trained interior designers,” says Mercier.
The naturally lit space segues into several compartmented areas: three classrooms, a lighting showcase room, a study room, a pantry and an office. Offering a variety of courses, from the popular Designing for Small Spaces to a one-year intensive diploma programme, Insight design school selects esteemed specialists to tutor the students. Currently, there are eight full-time tutors (including Mercier), who all come from backgrounds in architecture, textiles, lighting and more. “I really want to be very thorough in terms of interior architecture – fabric and furniture, history of style, lighting, sustainable design,” says Mercier. Visiting mentors include GOD designer Douglas Young and Joyce Wang, who designed AMMO restaurant at the Asia Society. Although still young, Insight has already drawn interest from students of all backgrounds and Mercier is hoping to move forward with more courses, all tailored to ensure the students are equipped with real-life practical skills, as well as an open mind. “[Interior design] is just a matter of being able to deconstruct and not be afraid of thinking differently,” she says. “An eye for design has to do with the curiosity of a person, not necessarily just with knowledge.”
24/F, Federal Ctr, 77 Sheung On St, Chai Wan; insightschoolhk.com.
Article’s source : Time Out Hong Kong, Insight design school Hong Kong.